Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The Crime Solution!
A few days ago a 51 year old disabled Asian women in Philadelphia became the victim of a home invasion. She was severly beaten, her home was ransacked, and her purse was taken.When help finally arrived she was found on her knees begging for her life. The perpetrators were three African American boys ages 7, 10, and 12. The first time I heard this story, I paused, thinking that the talk show host must have made a mistake. I thought he must have meant a 17 year old. But, by the third time I heard the story it kind of sunk in, and I asked myself the same question any sane adult would ask. Where in the world were these childrens parents? At 7 years old I was so sheltered that I probably didn't have any idea how to go about commiting a crime. At age 11 or 12 I was barely allowed to go outside of our front yard without adult supervision.
I have often been known to think outside of the box and those who know me well probably won't be surprised by my position on this because I have said it many times.
If law enforcement and the government was really interested in fighting crime, or eradicating crime all together, they would penalise the parents of these juvenile delinquents who insist on victimising innocent people. I can guarantee you that if the government had the ability to dock some of these parents a few days pay, fine them, suspend their drivers licence, or even imprison them each and every time little Johnny decided that it was cool to rob somebody, or shoot at one of his peers in broad day light, the crime rate would plummet.
Penalising the parents of these children would have a two fold effect. The first, as I said previously, it would significantly lower the crime rate, secondly it would prevent some children from becoming career criminals. As a bonus, it would limit the amount of money that would have to be spent on a tax payer funded municipal court system.
I know that parents can't be everywhere all the time. But you should at least have some idea where your children are. There was a commercial that used to come on TV when I was a kid right before the 10 o'clock news, the announcer would say "It's 10 o'clock, do you know where your children are?" Well apparently some of us don't!